July 15, 2014.

My husband and I hunted down a new dog bed for our furry critter. I can’t believe how much stores want for a large dog bed?! We finally found one, medium in size and price, and took our prize home thinking the dog would love it.

 

Yeah, not so much. He won’t even step on the thing. He wants his old dog bed. But someone else has taken it over.

 

Dog-Cat Bed

 

Cat is in love with the bed. He sleeps on it every day with the humans are away doing whatever they do all day. The other two cats have investigated it as well and deemed it suitable for their needs.

 

But not the dog.

 

The most expensive cat bed ever! :)  But hey, at least someone is using it, right? *sigh*

 



July 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #88.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

Nothing really jumped out at me. I have a couple of these books on my Kindle when they first went free, but nothing I’ve read yet. I picked up three more today…Anywhere But Here by Jason D. Morrow, Ageless Sea by M.R. Polish, and Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood.

 

There is one cheap read that I’ve heard everyone raving about…and if the reviews are true…not to be missed. I bought it and can’t wait to read it. It’s called Tangled (The Tangled Book 1) by Emma Chase.

 

 

 



July 12, 2014.

This book has been a long time in the making, so I’m excited to show you the final cover for Coveted. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m beyond thrilled how it turned out!

 

Coveted

 

Born of myths and legends, guardian wolves protect the world against evil. After centuries without their destined mates, their race is nearly extinct. Someone is determined to prevent their return and harness all their power for themselves.

 

Pack alpha Aiden vows to do whatever necessary to protect his people. When he discovers a plot to harvest blood from his wolves to create the ultimate drug, he’s determined to stop them at any cost. And quickly finds himself taken captive. After months in prison, Aiden barely manages to hang onto his sanity. The last thing he expects is a shapely little human to come to his rescue and bring out all his protective instincts.

 

Shayla is being stalked because of her abilities as a seeker. When offered a job in Scotland, she leaps at the chance to escape. With danger pursuing her at every turn, she must decide if she could give up her magic in order to live a safe, ordinary life. Never in her wildest fantasies did she expect to find a feral-looking man imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon…or be so wildly attracted to him. She didn’t need more trouble, but when fate presents the means to help him escape, she doesn’t hesitate.

 

Now they are both being hunted, and Aiden is determined to do everything in his power to protect Shayla…and seduce her into becoming his mate. As the danger intensifies, Aiden begins to suspect that Shayla might be the key to saving not only his people but also the future of his race…if he could keep her alive long enough.

 



July 10, 2014.

I have officially received my new cover for Coveted, and I’m beyond thrilled the way it turned out.

Here is a little sneak peek for you…

 

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Isn’t this banner gorgeous? I’ll post the full cover this weekend.

I should receive my proofs this Friday. Copies are being sent out to a few readers. That means the book should be released shortly! Yay! I’ll keep you posted when I get more news.  :)

 



July 02, 2014.

 

It’s officially July. A third of the summer is over. Today was cloudy…windy…drizzling. I ended up wearing a sweater to work and turning on the heater in the car to keep warm.

 

The day started at 68 degrees, but by the time I got home from work, it dropped to a bitter 58. What’s up with that? Did someone forget to tell the weather gods that it was SUMMER!?!

 

I’m jealous of those of you who live in a warmer climate. Send some of that heat up here please. :)

 

I should receive my cover art and the last round of edits for Coveted soon. I’m re-reading Electric Storm and Electric Moon to get back into my characters and write Electric Heat. I can’t wait to get started! Are you doing anything fun? Or reading anything interesting?

 


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June 27, 2014.

I passed this book up the first time I saw it. A few weeks later I ran across it again (on sale), and couldn’t resist. Isn’t the cover gorgeous!

 

 

Title: Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series: #1 (The Academy)

Author: C. L. Stone

Genre: New Adult

Publisher: Arcato Publishing

Release date: February 2014

Pages: 420

ASIN: B00INCJGWK

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

 

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

 

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

 

 

REVIEW:
Kayli will do whatever it took to protect her bother, even if it meant stealing. Security was baffled by a thief who only stole a few dollars and then left the wallet where it could be found. It also came to the attention of the Academy.

 

It didn’t take Kayli long to notice something was amiss when she entered the mall, but it didn’t matter. She needed money, or she and her brother would be living on the streets. So when she lifted a wallet, intending to only grab a few bills, she’s caught in the act. Thinking quick on her feet, she managed to ditch they guys. Unfortunately, they knew more about her than she could’ve ever imagined. They busted her and gave her a choice…come work for them or go to jail.

 

I’ll start off to say that I have not read any previous books in the series…or should I say the parallel series? And for most of the book, that wasn’t a problem, but it did leave one big unanswered question. What exactly is the Academy? It was never answered. I went back and forth between whether or not I actually liked Kayli. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great character, I love her spunk and her inteligence, but I became very uncomfortable the way she flirted with all the guys (even the bad guy). It just didn’t work for me, and all I can think about was how she was going to ruing this unique group of men. Speaking of guys…yum! I liked them all so much, I’m not sure I could pick out my favorite.

 

I loved all the characters. They were so unique and individual, I could easily envision them as real people. The only other thing that I never understood was why did they insist that Kayli needed to be the one to pull off the job? They apparently have a whole school of people who does the same thing (and with more experience), so why did they need her? Despite all the problems and inconsistencies, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The book ended on a slight cliff-hanger, meaning the main mystery was solved, but a new one had started. I hate being left in the middle of action, so this type of ending was perfect for me. I’ll definitely be reading more.

 



June 15, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #84.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them, but nothing really caught my fancy. Then I went back and decided to give The Living Night a try. I’m not a fan of ‘part’ stories, but what can I say? I love paranormal and horror stories.

 

I selected three cheap read this week. The first is actually another free read, an anthology called Dangerous Lovers. The second book is called Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I’m not sure about this book, I think it might be a little too sexy for me, but the number of good reviews has me curious to check out all the hype. The last book I already own and loved! Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl) by Aileen Erin. If you like YA and paranormal books, I recommend giving it a try.

 

 

 



June 02, 2014.

KeyboardOver the last month, I’ve been busy editing my latest book Coveted. The book is off to the editor, the blurb has been written, and the cover art has been requested. Some books are easy to write, the words just flow.

 

This was not one of those books. It fought me ever step of the way, but Aiden and Shayla insisted the story be written their way. I can’t wait to get it back from the editor and make it shine!

 

Born of myths and legends, guardian wolves protect the world against evil. After centuries without their destined mates, their race is nearly extinct. Someone is determined to prevent their return and harness all their power for themselves. Watch the sparks fly when a woman born with a touch of magic stumbles upon a Scottish werewolf imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon, and how running from danger leads them toward each other and a love of a lifetime.

 

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The next book I’m going to write is book three of the Raven’s Investigations series called Electric Heat. Witches, vampires and werewolves, oh, my! Immediately after, I’m planning to write a short story for Raven and her pack. They’re going on vacation when trouble finds them. I have it all plotted out (mostly), I just need to work on a name. Any suggestions?

 

 

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve been plotting a Dystopian New Adult novel called Citadel where we learn what really happens when humans discover paranormal creatures are real. This release will most likely take place early next year, but I’m hyped to get started.

 

Now, I have to find enough time to just sit down and write!

 

 



May 28, 2014.

I’ve been away from my blog for a while, editing my latest book, so I thought I’d start off by giving you a little funny.

 

I stole this from fellow author, Jill Shalvis, one funny lady! If you haven’t read her blog, I suggest you stop over. Hilarious!

 

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Stop back tomorrow for a little update on my writing life.

 


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May 16, 2014.

skunk…and I smell something stinky. I’ve been so busy with edits that I hadn’t noticed that some of my emails are no longer being delivered.

 

After some digging, numerous emails and excessive Googling, I’ve learned that Yahoo had tightened their spam guidelines in April.

 

So, I decided to switch my blog delivery services to ensure that everyone will receive my new posts. *ahem* That would be me. I stopped receiving my own emails. How does that work?

 

Anyway, this is a test. Please be patient as I work out the kinks. Feel free to post here or email me with any changes or suggestions.

 

I’ll be posting a writing related update this weekend…what I’m editing, what I have in the works, and what I’d like to get done before the end of the year. I’m super excited about a new project, and I can’t wait to share it, so stay tuned!

 

 


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